2017/18 Annual Report

The Costs Committee’s primary function is to make recommendations to the Law Society’s Council in relation to reviews conducted by the statutory Legal Costs Committee (LCC).

In 2017/18, the Law Society made detailed submissions to the LCC in relation to the reviews of the scales for litigious matters.

The Law Society also made a submission to the Chief Justice of Western Australia in relation to amending Order 66 rule 51 of the Rules of the Supreme Court 1971 (WA) to bring the rule into line with the current structures relating to the assessment of costs.

Other matters considered by the Committee in 2017/18 include:

  • progress on reform in respect to the Suitors’ Fund;
  • the processes and procedures in dealing with taxations in the Magistrates Court of Western Australia, which included meeting with Magistrate Matthew Walton;
  • the introduction of the Legal Profession Uniform Law in Western Australia; and
  • costs orders in interlocutory applications in the District Court of Western Australia.

Members of the Committee also presented the CPD seminar Beware the Ides of March – the dark arts of costs, a seminar on effective costs and billing practices.

On a sad note, the Committee lost a long standing member in Stanley Kawalsky who unfortunately passed away during the year. Stan’s contribution will be missed greatly.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford,